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New potato variety launched in Canada’s Alberta province

Companies are noting that locally sourced products are becoming increasingly important for today’s shopper. They say consumers are hungry for fruits and vegetables that are grown nearby, and also factor in environmental sustainability when making purchases. Canadian-based, grower, shipper, packer Thomas Fresh has recently launched a unique line of exclusively ‘Alberta’, grown potatoes. “We have been bringing Canadian potatoes to[Read More…]

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How a potato could propel Wardynski & Sons through another 100 years

Skip Wardynski is hoping failure breeds success. It was just five years ago that his century-old hot dog company thought it had found the next big thing: a low-fat hot dog called Duetts that would appeal to increasingly health conscious consumers and put the Peckham Street, New York state company on the national map. Back then, the company came up[Read More…]

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Video: AHDB Exports at Potato Europe 2019

The AHDB Export team have been out in force representing the British potato industry at Potato Europe 2019 in Belgium this month (September 2019). Representatives from around the world visited Kain, near Tournai, on 4 and 5 September to network with professionals from across the supply chain. On the AHDB stand were organic seed growers, Skea Organics, ware potato specialists[Read More…]

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Explosion of fast-fixing, value-added potatoes adds excitement to this retail category

Serving fresh-cooked potatoes for dinner meant up to an hour’s prep time as little as a decade ago. No longer. Enter fast-fixing, value-added potatoes. “Growers are doing a great job with this category, be it with the choice of potato, flavorings or packaging,” says Richard Stiles, recently retired director of produce and floral for Redner’s Markets, a Reading, PA-chain with 44[Read More…]

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McCain to dial up potato fry production in Canada

The company behind about a quarter of the world’s frozen french fries plans to ramp up demand from Canada’s New Brunswick potato growers with a line capacity upgrade at its recently expanded plant there, according to a report by GFM Staff. McCain Foods announced Aug. 27 it will put up another $12 million to add capacity to its Florenceville, N.B.[Read More…]

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What does Brexit mean for potato markets?

With political turmoil still providing no answers to how the UK will exit the European Union, it may be prudent to plan for the worst and hope for the best, according to AHDB market analysts in the UK. AHDB says on its website that the option of the UK leaving the EU with no deal on 31 October remains a[Read More…]

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Potatoes USA drops culinary group, asks other ag groups to follow

Potatoes USA is ending its investment in and association with the Culinary Institute of America. The Packer reports that Blair Richardson, president and CEO of Potatoes USA, announced the group’s decision in an Aug. 30 update at the Idaho Growers Shipper Association convention. He said the decision wasn’t easy but was ultimately necessary because of anti-potato messaging from the culinary[Read More…]

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US potato farmers seek new trade deal with Mexico to ‘level the playing field’

Potato farmers are asking U.S. agricultural officials for support in expanding export trade into Mexico, writes Noi Mahoney in Freight Waves. Currently, American potato farmers and exporters are mostly barred from selling fresh potatoes in Mexico due to restrictions by the Mexican government, namely that U.S. growers can only sell fresh potatoes within a 26-kilometer (about 16-mile) zone across the[Read More…]

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CEO of NPC: ‘We are standing up for potatoes on Capitol Hill’

Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US spoke Aug. 30 at the Idaho Grower Shippers Association convention, outlining policy work on trade and nutrition this year. According to an article by Tom Karst of The Packer magazine, he told the 300-plus convention attendees: “Typically when folks get a little frustrated with some of the things[Read More…]

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Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show: ‘We are set on exporting potatoes to the world’, says CEO of Potatoes South Africa

There will be no rotten potatoes today as South African companies are set to participate in the 2019 Fruit Logistica Asia Trade Show that gets underway in Hong Kong today. According to a report published by Bizcommunity, the CEO of industry body Potatoes South Africa, Dr Andre Jooste, said the company’s participation in the show is driven by China’s previous[Read More…]

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New campaign recognizes Idaho potato farmers

Many say potatoes put Idaho on the map. The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) doesn’t disagree, but likes to say potatoes and their dedicated growers put Idaho on the map. The Produce News reports that recently, the IPC created a social media campaign, Thank a Farmer, to introduce the women and men who work tirelessly year-round and often around the clock[Read More…]

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Pictorial: CIP and Peru join forces to honour potatoes at Beijing horticultural expo event

The “International Potato Center and Peru Joint Honorary Day” theme event was held today as part of the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition in Yanqing District in Beijing, the capital of China. Xinhuanet published a number of pictures on its website related to the event. We re-publish some of these below. Source: Xinhuanet. Editor: Li Xia. Photo credits: Xinhua/Ju Huanzong

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Big Idaho Potato Truck rolls on; high-quality crop expected

According to a report by The Packer, the Big Idaho Potato Truck will be back for another year of rolling promotions for what is expected to be a high-quality potato crop, Idaho Potato Commission president and CEO Frank Muir told attendees at the 2019 Idaho Grower Shippers Association Convention. In previewing the commission’s marketing and promotion plans at the Sun Valley meeting, Muir said[Read More…]

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French company Select’Up joins Europatat

In a press release issued earlier today, Europatat says it warmly welcomes the French company Select’Up. Select’Up specialises in the growing, importing and exporting of potatoes, and joined Europatat this year. Select’Up was established in 2006. It has since developed its own lab in the Beauce’s region of France. The company says it has a clear objective: to combine trade and technology[Read More…]

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The shortfall factor: The potential benefit of lower East European and German potato production for the UK

According to Aidan Wright, Analyst at AHDB in the UK, a strong demand for fresh packing supplies from Eastern Europe helped provide support to the packing market in the latter half of the 2018/19 season. With shortfalls looking likely in several European countries, could we see this happen again? Wright says the competitive pricing of Scottish potatoes last season (2018/19)[Read[Read More…]

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Wada Farms: Exceptional quality in 2019 Colorado potato crop

The Produce News reports that Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC in Idaho Falls, ID is anticipating excellent quality in its 2019 Colorado potato crop according to Michele Peterson, who heads the company’s Colorado sales office in Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley. When The Produce News talked to Peterson on Aug. 15, she was expecting Wada Farms to begin[Read More…]

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Kenyan potato farmers set to reap big as new packaging law takes root

Potato farmers from Meru County are set to reap big after the recent implementation of laws governing packaging of the commodity. According to the farmers, the law which demands that farmers package their produce in a 50 kilogram bag as opposed to the initial 90 kilogram will see producers get better value for their goods. The  elated farmers interviewed by[Read More…]

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Australian potato wholesaler fined for unfair contracts

Aussie potato wholesaler Mitolo Group has been fined A$240,000 (US$162,000) for infringements relating to its contracts with potato growers. In proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian Federal Court declared that certain terms of contracts were unfair and therefore void. The contracts which were declared to be unfair included terms that allowed Mitolo to unilaterally[Read[Read More…]

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US Ag Secretary thanked for support of expanding potato trade with Mexico

The National Potato Council and a dozen other U.S. state and regional potato associations on Aug. 16 thanked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for his support of expanded U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico. The letter to Perdue thanked him for his testimony before a recent House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. At that hearing, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, asked Perdue about USDA[Read More…]

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Latest Canadian Potato Crop Update issued; 3000 acres of potatoes expected to be lost because of big hailstorm in the West

Kevin MacIsaac, General Manager of United Potato Growers of Canada issued the latest update on the potato crop this past Thursday. He thanked all the provincial directors of UPGC for their input on this report. Prince Edward Island: PEI’s potato crop got off to a good start and most fields have achieved full canopy. Unfortunately, weather in the past month[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s adds international favorites to the menu, including sweet potato fries from the Netherlands

Fed up of classic McDonald’s fries? Then make sure you try out the new sweet potato fries that have been introduced as part of the international menu. Look, let’s be perfectly honest here, McDonald’s is not known for their fries, writes Cullum Gunn in an article on Fansided. They’re OK and they will certainly curb that craving you get for[Read More…]

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Fries are still America’s favorite potato dish

The most popular potato preparation in America is the French fry. That’s according to an analysis of food ordering data between January 2018 and July 2019 by DoorDash, America’s largest food delivery service (and the world’s second-largest, after Uber Eats). Now that DoorDash is delivering from McDonald’s, famous for its fries, maybe the quantity ordered will rise even higher. This is how long[Read[Read More…]

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US: Survey reveals potato consumption habits, favorite attributes

A survey commissioned by The Little Potato Co. found that 55% of Americans rank potatoes as their favorite comfort food. Spuds outranked pizza (21%), macaroni and cheese (15%) and pasta (9%), according to a news release. Another finding from the survey was that one in four millennials would give up cheeseburgers if forced to choose between them and potatoes. Favorite ways to[Read[Read More…]

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